Michael Beaman, Cambridge, MA, completed a number of narrative vignettes that examine the lineage of landscape categorizations from cultural, religious, and scientific traditions for the forthcoming book: The Landformation Catalogue. He also began work on a new design project entitled, Speculative Bodies.
Irene Cheng, Piedmont, CA, completed an essay on Frank Lloyd Wright that will be part of a book on race and modern architecture that she is currently co-editing. She also continued work on a book about the architecture of 19th-century American utopias.
Greg Corso, Syracuse, NY, completed a series of speculative design studies that explore the aesthetic and craft tendencies of folk art environments. He is the co-captain of the design collaborative, Sports.
Nancy Diniz, New York, NY, worked on a series of mixed media 3D drawings as a new iteration from the wearable devices she has developed in the last year. The drawings are composed of a body drawing laser etched on bacterial cellulose sheets that she grew at the MacDowell Colony as well as 3D printed components.
Richard Hayes, Staten Island, NY, completed two essays on Aesthetic Movement architect E.W. Godwin. One essay will be published in a forthcoming collection and the other will be presented in a lecture at the University of Oxford. Hayes also made headway on a book on affordable housing in New York during the period 1965-1995.
Joyce Hwang, Buffalo, NY, worked to confront ecological challenges through architectural means, specifically exploring ways to incorporate wildlife habitats into built, urban environments. Hwang is the director of Arts of the Prairie and an associate professor at the University at Buffalo SUNY.
Olalekan Jeyifous, Brooklyn, NY, completed a series of drawings, collages, and paper constructs. The drawing series, Game Engine, juxtaposes the notion of “architecture” as both habitable space and organizational structure for digital interfaces. The collages are a mashup of building typologies and vintage Hi-Fi design, while the paper constructs explore Socialist-era Brutalist building forms in miniature.
Max Kuo, Andover, MA, began a series of architectural drawings and models inspired by the formal inquires of Ellsworth Kelly. Kuo is a partner in the architectural collaborative ALLTHATISSOLID and a design critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He and his partners are currently developing a design for a new 80-room hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Jonathan Louie, Syracuse, NY, worked on an article and installation design resituating wallpaper and its use and value in shaping space and flavoring our environments. The work will be shown in a travelling exhibition, Big Will and Friends, with the first show at the Rodger Mack Gallery in Syracuse.
Kiel Moe, Cambridge, MA, completed the book, Empire, State & Building along with a speculative design project.
Daniel Simmons, Toronto, ON, worked on architectural models for an installation design entitled House of Rooms. He has exhibited at MoMA-PS1 and was published in Mark, Pin-Up Magazine for Architectural Entertainment, the New York Observer, and Dezeen.
Stephen Zacks, Brooklyn, NY, restructured his nonfiction cultural history project How to Kill a City: Economic Disruptions, Cultural Eruptions, and the Making of Contemporary New York, 1958-1989. He also wrote chapter summaries for a new book proposal.
Travis Alford, Clayton, NC, wrote the majority of a chamber music piece with the working title Cell Block for the Boston New Music Initiative. He was awarded this commission through BNMI’s annual Composers Competition in 2015.
Ingrid Arauco, Wilmington, DE, completed two movements of a composition for the Amernet String Quartet, to be performed in Miami and Philadelphia. She will continue work on this piece as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in April 2017.
Lea Bertucci, Ridgewood, NY, completed a composition for 20-voice children’s choir and multichannel surround sound to be premiered in 2017.
Carl Bettendorf, Bronx, NY, workred on a piece for solo contrabass and ensemble, to be premiered next summer in the Czech Republic. His String Quartet No. 2 “Yggdrasil” received its premiere at Miller Theatre in NYC in June, performed by the Mivos Quartet.
Paul Brantley, New York, NY, completed The Royal Revolver, a concertino for cello and 15 instruments, which was to premiere in December 2016 by cellist, Eric Jacobsen (The Knights, Silk Road Project) and The University of Michigan Symphony conducted by Kenneth Kiesler.
Lisa Renée Coons, Kalamazoo, MI, worked on a small room installation for video and amplified violin. The work will be premiered in the 2017-2018 season by violinist Eric KM Clark. She also completed a new work for the Western Brass Quintet.
Sebastian Currier, New York, NY, worked on a piece for chorus and orchestra for the Minnesota Symphony that will be premiered in November 2017. The work explores ideas of ruin and regeneration and uses a text written specifically for the project by Sarah Manguso.
David Dominique, Los Angeles, CA, completed five new compositions for his Los Angeles jazz octet. He and his ensemble will perform these new works at multiple concerts in Los Angeles and record them for his forthcoming album. He also cataloged 130 of his personal sketches.
Richard Dubugnon, Paris, France, completed his Caprice Romain, op.72 no3 (12mn), which was to premiere in April 2017 by Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, followed by a European tour.
Peter Fahey, Clonmel, Ireland, worked on a new piece for two laptops and amplified instruments for LAPS Ensemble (Brussels). His music was recently performed in Ireland, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Mara Gibson, Shawnee, KS, worked on two commissions including a solo piano piece for Holly Roadfeldt and an orchestra piece to premiere at the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival in August 2017.
Yotam Haber, New Orleans, LA, completed New Water Music, a commission from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), which was to premiere in April 2017 by the LPO and hundreds of community musicians.
Sean Harold, Monroe, CT, completed the majority of two pieces. The first, Kinderstück, will was to premiere at the Abrons Art Center in New York City on March 3 by ondes Martenot player Suzanne Farrin. The second, Scellé de Sept Sceaux, was to premiere in New York City by the Phoenix Quartet in April.
Randy Ingram, Brooklyn, NY, composed a collection of pieces for his quartet that will be featured on an upcoming recording for Sunnyside Records. They will release his third record, The Wandering, an intimate collection of duets with the esteemed bassist Drew Gress, in April 2017.
Zaid Jabri, Kraków, Poland, completed two scenes of a three-hour opera including 12 soloists, a choir, and Symphony Orchestra. He was selected as a Radcliffe fellow for the academic year 2016/2017 to continue working on Cities of Salt.
Tania Leon, Nyack, NY, sketched new melodic lines and harmonic ideas for her new opera LR9 (Little Rock Nine), based on the 1957 event surrounding nine African-American students who entered the all-white, Central High to obtain an equal education. Excerpts of the work will be performed during the 60th anniversary of that event at University of Central Arkansas on Sept. 25, 2017. The complete work will be premiered during the 2018-2019 opera season.
Andrew Lovett, Princeton, NJ, composed a substantial section of a chamber opera for six singers and six instruments.
Harold Meltzer, New York, NY, completed Guangzhou Circle, commissioned through the National Endowment for the Arts for Music from China and the Talujon Percussion Quartet. He also completed Bride of the Island, a song cycle for tenor Paul Appleby and pianist Natalia Katyukova, for the Minnesota Commissioning Club and worked on an orchestral piece commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Eric Moe, Pittsburgh, PA, worked on projects commissioned by the Network For New Music (Philadelphia) and Earplay (San Francisco). The first part of his new opera, The Artwork of the Future, was presented in a workshop at New Dramatists (NYC) last year.
Koji Nakano, Boston, MA, completed two compositions. The first, Spring Breathes II, composed for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese traditional wind instruments. The second, Worldscape IV was composed for piano and pre-recorded sounds. He also worked on the draft of Imagined Sceneries, which premiered at Scripps College in the fall of 2016.
Carolyn O’Brien, Evanston, IL, completed a piece for string trio for a March 2017 peemiere by Boston-based ensemble Castle of Our Skins. She also completed a piece for flute and toy piano/percussion to premiere in January 2017. She began work on a one-hour show involving a newly formed arts collective that includes musicians, dancers, a juggler, artists, and a mechanical engineer for a debut slated for fall 2017.
Rufus Reid, Teaneck, NJ, worked on a symphonic orchestra commission that will premiere in April 2017. He was awarded the 2016 Harvard University Jazz Master Residency in April 2016.
Ed Sarath, Ann Arbor, MI, completed a five-movement composition for orchestra, choir, and jazz soloists. He set a poem for the work by Maya Angelou called His Day is Done, dedicated to Nelson Mandela. He generated ideas for writing and speaking on topics of social justice issues. He also established a new tradition at MacDowell informally called Flugelhorn at Sunset, where he performed almost daily at the amphitheater.
David Sawer, London, UK, wrote a substantial part of a ballet score, co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonic Society Drummond Fund, which premiered in a concert performance by the London Sinfonietta and subsequently will be staged by the Royal Ballet, London in their 2017-18 season.
Antoni Schonken, Stellenbosch Western Cape, South Africa, completed a number of commissions for mixed ensemble, choir, string quartet, and orchestra. In these works, he attempted in various ways to reflect on hate crimes that take place in his home country, and bring remembrance to the victims of these crimes.
Dan Tepfer, Brooklyn, NY, completed a commission for piano quintet to be premiered at the end of August 2016 at the Ravinia Festival, entitled Solar Spiral.
Eric Wubbels, Amherst, MA, completed primary work on two chamber pieces, Auditory Scene Analysis II (a commission from the Barlow Endowment) and Gretchen am Spinnrade, for cellist Mariel Roberts.
Natalia Almada, Colonia Juarez, Mexico, made significant progress editing her first feature film, Todo lo demás (Everything Else), which premiered in October, 2016. It stars Academy award nominated actress Adriana Barraza and has been earning jury awards at festivals.
Mateo Bendesky, Buenos Aires, Argentina, completed the script for Limbo, his second feature, and started working on his third feature, still untitled.
Margaret Brown, Mobile, AL, nearly completed her first feature film, which is based in the world of her second documentary The Order of Myths for which she completed a second draft. She used the time to get feedback from other filmmakers and readers and to prepare some of the interviews for the hybrid aspect of her film. She also worked on developing documentary projects.
Leah Byrne, Brooklyn, NY, commenced post-production on a film she hoped to have completed by December 2016.
Marie Constantinesco, Brooklyn, NY, is a French photographer and filmmaker. Her short film Little Revolutions was nominated for Best Short Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2013. Her latest project, the webseries “My Life in Sourdough,” was part of the TriBeCa Film Festival 2015.
Myriam el Hajj, Beirut, Lebanon, completed the first draft of a feature film script that will be entered into a script-writing contest in France in December. Myriam had received many awards for her previous feature documentary A Time to Rest (Treve).
Michael Gitlin, Brooklyn, NY, set up lights outside his studio at night and filmed a variety of moths, including several Luna moths, as part of his on-going project, The Night Visitors. During the day, he edited 3D video of the Williamsburg Brooklyn waterfront, shot first in 2001 and then again in 2016, as part of his project, Eastern District Terminal.
Rosie Haber, Los Angeles, CA, wrote the feature version of her narrative short film entitled Ink. She recently won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival for her documentary series, New Deep South.
Galen Jackson, Berkeley, CA, Galen Jackson, completed a feature film script about a lost soul from the hardcore techno scene of the 1990’s. He also made significant progress into a feature length radio play/video art piece entitled Lesser faces of Corruption and finished the final sound mix on his film Refinery Surveyor Black, which was to premiere in April 2016.
Bara Jichova Tyson, Brooklyn, NY, worked on her first feature film Talking About Adultery. The film is a documentary essay about the human struggle between love and desire. She also produced and edited a feature documentary film Organ Player, directed by the artist ‘Narcissister’. The film is in final stages.
Gina Kamentsky, Somerville, MA, developed techniques for rotoscoped animation and began work on her new film Spank Shot. The film explores Hockey fights as a source for abstracting movement.
Shaka King, Brooklyn, NY, rewrote a teleplay he’s developing with HBO and completed the writing of a two-part feature he started in 2013. He received the Vassar W.K. Rose Fellowship in 2015.
Penny Lane, Hubbardsville, NY, wrote a detailed treatment and script for her next feature film as well as wrote several short film scripts. She also read most of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.
Lei Lei, Beijing, China, completed part of animation project Ningdu, an animated documentary film based on Lei’s grandfather’s oral history about the Great Leap around 1959-1961. It will be shown at OCAT arts museum, Xian, in China around June 2017.
Jeanne Liotta, New York, NY, refined the editing process for her upcoming film project on Giordano Bruno’s cosmology, tentatively titled The Vicissitudes. She also conceived and completed a series of 12 unique photograms, Articuli, based on Bruno’s Copernican diagrams.
Jesse McLean, Shorewood, WI, completed an essayistic experimental video, titled See a Dog, Hear a Dog. She also began editing another video tentatively titled Wherever You Go, There We Are. Both pieces are part of a new body of work that explores emotional relationships with technology and the desire to connect with others.
Julie Murray, Iowa City, IA, worked on a set of permutations for 16mm film, exposing and processing rolls according to how subjects and ideas suggested themselves. Some of these formed a portrait of the poet Tung Hui Hu, also in residence at the time, lending speculative shape to poems he read for the camera.
Daniel Nearing, Chicago, IL, completed Sister Carrie, a feature screenplay for an epic love story that begins in Chicago and ends in Paris in 1909. The Guggenheim-supported undertaking is a hybrid adaptation of three literary sources, all of them early feminist novels from the United States and France.
Rodrigo Reyes, Merced, CA, worked on the script for his upcoming documentary Sanson and Me, which uses hundreds of personal letters to explore his unique friendship with a young inmate in California who is serving a life sentence for murder.
Mariana Rondón, Caracas, Venezuela, completed the final draft of Contactee, in collaboration with Marite Ugás. Her film Bad Hair (2013) was awarded with the CONCHA DE ORO, San Sebastian FF 2013, among other international awards, and it earned a critic’s pick from The New York Times.
Mohamed Siam, Cairo Abdeen, Egypt, finished writing the first draft of his first feature film after completing two documentary films that were exhibited in international film festivals worldwide. His feature focuses on the theme of authority.
Ian Soroka, Brooklyn, NY, completed the rough cut of his first feature length documentary film, Dry Country (working title). The film was shot over the last two and a half years in rural Slovenia. At MacDowell he sorted through and edited the material. The film is expected to be released on the festival circuit in the spring of 2017.
Leslie Tai, Cupertino, CA, made significant progress editing her debut feature documentary How to Have an American Baby, a kaleidoscopic voyage into the global shadow economy of Chinese birth tourists coming to the U.S. to give birth in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies.
Kimi Takesue, Brooklyn, NY, completed her feature-length documentary 95 and 6 to Go, which was to have its world premiere at DocLisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. Kimi also completed editing rough cuts of an experimental documentary and installation piece exploring tourism in Laos, tentatively titled Foreign Exchange.
Molly Teitelbaum, New York, NY, worked on a 30-minute film about being female in the 21st century, shedding light on the concerns, preoccupations, and desires of a woman in this moment.
Dennis Tupicoff, Melbourne, Australia, developed many short film treatments for his large project Outside the Frame. With picture research both before and during his residency, he now has a large number of imaginative pieces based on existing photographs – both famous and obscure.
Marite Ugas, Caracas, Venezuela, completed the final draft of the screenplay of her next directorial film, Contactee, in collaboration with Mariana Rondón and to be shot by the end of 2016.
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Houston, TX, conducted research for his project The Unwaged, a video project about internship culture and unpaid labor.
Eva Weber, London, United Kingdom, worked on an extended treatment/first draft of a screenplay of her feature film Ghost Wives. Set in China, the film is inspired by a true story and combines fiction and documentary elements.
Rhiana Yazzie, Saint Paul, MN is a Navajo playwright, and founder/Artistic Director of New Native Theatre in the Twin Cities. She worked on her second and third screenplays a comedy set in Minneapolis’ urban Native community, and the story of the 1975 AIM trial.
Romy Achituv, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a new series of experimental sculptures/installations. His work has most recently been acquired by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and commissioned for the 2015 Brugges Triennial, Belgium.
Sam Ashby, London, United Kingdom, collaborated with Ginger Brooks Takahashi on a first draft of a script for an experimental documentary film they are making about Fire Island in New York. They will continue to work on the film and hope to complete it in 2016.
Pat Badani, Chicago, IL, worked on her layered project Al Grano in which she uses food as material and as subjects to address ecological health and food safety issues. The focus is maize and its genetic avatars. The project is part of a series previously showcased at the International Symposium of Electronic Art in Turkey, Australia, and Canada.
Ivy Baldwin, Brooklyn, NY, continued developing her latest evening-length dance, Keen (Part 2). It will premiere at the Abrons Arts Center, NYC, June 1-11, 2017, The Chocolate Factory, and The Joyce. Keen (Part 1) premiered at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT. Baldwin received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in 2014.
Amy Beecher, Providence, RI, worked on a digital text inspired by her artistic research on the comic strip Cathy. Recent project include a digital exhibition for the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
Michelle Boule, Brooklyn, NY, researched and created movement material related to her next evening- length commission The Monomyth, set to premiere at The Chocolate Factory (NYC) in May 2017. The work loosely references writer Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Narrative, through the lens of the feminine, late 70s disco funk music, and the formal construction of a range of movement states, qualities, and vocabularies.
Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Braddock, PA, collaborated with Sam Ashby on a narrative film essay featuring films made on Fire Island from the 1950s onward. An earlier version of the piece entitled Fire Island Film + Sound was presented at White Columns in 2015.
Cristobal Cea, Brooklyn, NY, developed work for his “Ghosts” series. He edited and modeled footage for two pieces: Glories and The Flood. The pieces narrow his investigation of news footage and 3D modelling. He also developed animations and worked on a site-specific edit of Ghosts of Concordia.
Paul Festa, San Francisco, CA, researched a film/performance hybrid about San Francisco in 1979. He completed The Inversions, a four-part novel about AIDS, Jesus, queer utopia, the environmental apocalypse, terrorism, identical twins, medical marijuana, and the music of Olivier Messiaen. He also presented three MacDowell Downtown Special concerts of the complete cycle of sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach.
Ilona Granet, New York, NY, worked on a performance piece that reimagines Little Red Riding Hood as an inventor, discoverer, free thinker, etc., making her own way in life. She also developed song ideas and lyrics as well as designed and illustrated a storyline for a graphic novel with her performance group DISBAND, which includes Donna Henes, Dianne Tor, and Martha Wilson.
Sabrina Gschwandtner, Los Angeles, CA, completed four “film quilts” and a video installation which will be shown at a museum in Lithuania and at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles.
Donna Henes, Brooklyn, NY, collaborated with her performance group, DISBAND, which includes Ilona Granet, Dianne Tor, and Martha Wilson. They explored working in a new genre and began work on a graphic novel that explores individual journeys from trauma to triumph. She also made progress on her latest book-in-progress.
Starlee Kine, Brooklyn, NY, completed an episode of the second season of her podcast, Mystery Show, which was chosen as “Best Podcast of 2015” by iTunes and the first season has been downloaded more than five million times by listeners from all over the world.
Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Brooklyn, NY, developed a one-channel video based on her live performance and exhibition, Say Something Bunny!
Elizabeth LaPrelle, Rural Retreat, VA, collaborated with Anna Roberts-Gevalt on multimedia performances based on archival research of ballads and songs from rural Virginia and New England.
Abbey Luck, Los Angeles, CA, worked on a graphic novel called Pig Wife.
Clarinda Mac Low, New York, NY, worked on an artist’s e-book, A Year in Dance: Art Family Bond Making, an ethnographic and autobiographical artwork that explores kinship networks, social bonding, and families of choice in the NYC experimental dance community.
Michael Mandiberg, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a large-scale interdisciplinary project about digital labor, that he will continue developing for the next year. He also worked on the final stages of a website and large-scale exhibition.
Shane Mecklenburger, New York, NY, completed a series of performances, installations and audiovisual computer simulations for an exhibit at Paper-Thin.org. His work has previously exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2015.
Jeanine Oleson, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a video, performance, objects, and photographic prints for an upcoming exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Baltimore, MD, expanded her performance work with collaborator Elizabeth LaPrelle creating a series of new videos, dance pieces, and song arrangements, in preparation for a series of tours through the US and the UK, inspired by archival research into traditional song collectors from the 1940s.
Diane Torr, Glasgow, United Kingdom, worked with the performance group DISBAND, including Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, and Martha Wilson, on new material for a graphic novel called DISBAND - From Trauma to Triumph.
Katie Vida, Brooklyn, NY, worked on visual and textual elements and research including drawings, video, scripts, and sound collages for an upcoming cabaret performance in Brooklyn, NY.
Brent Watanabe, Seattle, WA, worked on a large-scale installation displayed at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in September, 2016. He also began work on an interactive virtual reality experience, using a developer edition of the Oculus Rift headset.
Christopher Willes, Montreal, Canada, reflected and researched after traveling abroad to document/experience the pre WWII era “sound mirrors,” and research at the Her Noise feminist sound archive in London. He developed new project proposals, and completed several new works including an audio installation, an essay on listening, and a series of experimental music works titled Four Chorales.
Martha Wilson, Brooklyn, NY, is a member of DISBAND, the all-girl conceptual art punk band that performed in the late 1970s No-wave music scene in Lower Manhattan, and prepared three chapters of a graphic novel that DISBAND – including Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, and Diane Torr – is writing together.
Scott Adkins, Brooklyn, NY, completed shadow puppets and a stop-motion animated film as part of a larger project entitled TupuTupuTupu. The project is a play with incorporated video elements, some of which were developed during his residency at MacDowell.
Jennifer Barclay, Silver Spring, MD, developed two new plays. One of the plays, Sierra Nevada, examines the potential and fragility of the human body in juxtaposition with the potential and fragility of the wilderness. The other play, Ripe Frenzy, explores the impact that media is having on our national epidemic of mass shootings.
Glen Berger, Ghent, NY, worked on the plays The New Frontier and Whistling Dixie, two parts of a folk music trilogy. He also completed preparatory work for an upcoming Broadway show.
Kara Corthron, New York, NY, wrote the first draft for her musical collaboration with Andrew Chukerman called The Book of Kezia, which will premiere in New York in the fall. She also completed edits on her debut young-adult novel and began the first draft of her second book.
Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, New York, NY, began work on a new play. Most recently, he is the recipient of a 2016 NYFA Fellowship.
Elizabeth Egloff, Nyack, NY, nearly finished the first draft of a play, Dinner at the Majestic, concerning the conflict between the Arab delegation and the British and French delegations, Paris Peace Conference in February, 1919.
Jim Findlay, Brooklyn, NY, researched and developed initial visual designs for his new electronic rock opera Electric Lucifer, a musical fantasia about the irredeemable, torture, and redemption.
Robin Frohardt, Brooklyn, NY, worked on designs for her upcoming project The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive installation that will be in a storefront in the city. A story is embedded within the installation about how plastic trash might be interpreted and misinterpreted by future archeologists.
Dan Froot, Los Angeles, CA, began writing the text for Pang!, three short plays based on the oral histories of families living with hunger in Los Angeles, Cedar Rapids, and Miami. The plays will be performed as a triptych in theaters around the country in 2017-2018, and each one will be produced and distributed as an audio podcast in 2019.
Ken Greller, Los Angeles, CA, is a playwright who has developed work with the Sundance Institute, Clubbed Thumb, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. His play, Troll, will receive its world premiere from the Rushline Company in the summer of 2016.
Joshua Harmon, New York, NY, began work on a new play Significant Other, about a modern day French Jewish family living in Paris. His play will debut on Broadway in February 2017.
Aleshea Harris, Valencia, CA, completed a darkly-comedic circus play about love, loss, and transformation entitled Road Kill Giant. She also worked on an original T.V. pilot and a new solo play provisionally entitled, Thaumaturgy.
Jesse Hawley, Marion, MA, worked on drawings for the book A New Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action, an updated version of an acting manual from the 1800’s. The book, which is the final project of The National Theater of the United States of America, will be published by 53rd State Press in 2017, along with an exhibition of the drawings and text from the book at Abrons Arts Center in NYC.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a new play with Alina Troyano and some other projects. His past work includes An Octoroon, Gloria, and War.
Julia Jarcho, New York, NY, wrote new drafts of two upcoming pieces: The Terrifying, a scary monster play loosely inspired by the writings of Gogol and Pathetic, a contemporary riff on Racine’s Phaedra.
Aditi Kapil, Minneapolis, MN, completed a draft of a new play, tentatively titled Bay Wolf.
Gil Kofman, Los Angeles, CA, worked on two plays. One was about Eadweard Muybridge and the geography of Time, the other was about Stanley Kubrick.
Justin Kuritzkes, New York, NY, worked on the first draft of a new screenplay. His play The Sensuality Party was produced by the New Group in the spring of 2016.
Paul Lazar, Brooklyn, NY, collaborated with Co-Artistic Director Annie-B Parson on research and preparation for rehearsal with their company, Big Dance Theater. The focus of their research and preparation was The Diary of Samual Pepys and related texts.
Dave Malloy, Brooklyn, NY, worked on the libretto and music for Moby-Dick, a large-form communal music theater event based on Herman Melville’s novel, as well as music for an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henriad. He also worked on revisions for his electropop opera Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which opened on Broadway in Fall 2016.
Jerome Parker, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a play/libretto about the effects of police brutality on the life of a young girl and her family for the Intiman Theater. It was expected to be produced by On the Boards in Seattle in 2016.
Annie-B Parson, Brooklyn, NY, researched materials for a 2017 performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in collaboration with Paul Lazar. She created a series of drawings relating to a 10th century shopping list from two monks in China and worked on 60 second John Cage dance material for his lectures for performances at The Walker Art Center in 2017, and wrote a monologue about 17th century infidelity.
Max Posner, Brooklyn, NY, completed a revision of his play The Treasurer. The play focuses on a middle-aged man and his elderly mother as they navigate the logistical and emotional complexities of nursing homes, finances and death.
Marty Pottenger, South Portland, ME, wrote #PhillySavesEarth a performance on climate change through the kaleidoscope of local scientific wonders, iconic historical locations, intimate stories, and facts. She also wrote an essay called Thin Blue Lines for the NEA’s book on creative peacemaking.
Mia Rovegno, Brooklyn, NY, wrote the first draft of a script and completed a shadow image storyboard for a new play. Inspired by Japanese block prints and the Colony landscape, she created images from hand cut stencils, spray paint, and photographic prints on acetate, and experimented with video projections shot at the Colony.
Celine Song, New York, NY, completed a rough first draft of Endlings, a play about “haenyeos,” the elderly female divers in the southernmost islands of Korea
Peggy Stafford, Brooklyn, NY, completed a stage adaptation of Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy to be developed with director Meghan Finn at 3-Legged Dog in New York City. She also completed work on her full-length play, Everything is Here.
Andrea Thome, New York, NY, worked on a new play exploring migrations and journeys between worlds. She also recently created a community-based piece for the Public Theater.
Melisa Tien, New York, NY, completed the first act of a new play and wrote lyrics for a new music theater piece.
Alina Troyano, New York, NY, worked on a script with playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for The Jacobs-Jenkins/Tropicana project (working title). In addition, she worked on Schwanze-Beast, a work of science fiction, and finished her Guggenheim application for her proposed project Live Memoir.
Anthony Weigh, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a new project he is developing with the renowned company The Civilians in New York. The work explores the processes of scientific research and how it can change both the researchers and the subjects.
Khari Wyatt, Toluca Lake, CA, completed two pieces of short fiction and progressed on his two-act drama entitled, Smoke & Fire. He also made revisions on his literary novel, Some Type of Ecstasy.
Julie Alpert, Seattle, WA, completed a large-scale site-specific installation in Heinz studio using craft paper, pink duct tape, cardboard, paint, and photocopies. She had a solo show at Bridge Productions in Seattle in May 2016.
Michael Ashkin, Ithaca, NY, edited two bodies of photographic work into book format. He finished editing images from Berlin for a book entitled Horizon and made progress editing images from the Mojave Desert entitled Dismal Dreaming.
Lisa Auerbach, Los Angeles, CA, worked on paintings, photographs and digital images about politics and photography while in residence
Jarrod Beck, New York, NY, created two installations with paper pulp. The works were presented as The Moon at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn in January 2017.
Cindy Bernard, Los Angeles, CA, started a series of 123 watercolors derived from a quilt purchased in Beaches, Newfoundland, a part of the Vinland project. She also reorganized a visual history of social nudism, completing two “episodes” of 51 works.
Elisheva Biernoff, San Francisco, CA, worked on an ongoing series of paired paintings based on found photographs.
Natalie Bookchin, Brooklyn, NY, worked on transforming her 2012 18-channel video installation entitled; Now he’s out in public and everyone can see, into a film that will be a companion piece to her film Long Story Short (2016). Both works are distributed by Icarus Films and will have their theatrical premiere in early 2017.
Eric Brown, New York, NY, completed a group of small and large oil paintings, including his first shaped canvases.
Will Brown, Philadelphia, PA, worked on compiling his photographs that he took from 1970 to 1975 so that they may be submitted for publication.
Jennifer Paige Cohen, Brooklyn, NY, completed a number of small sculptures made of clothing, plaster, and found objects. This sculptural work is a compression of abstract form and figurative allusion, leaving the figure visible but not always identifiable.
Kelli Connell, Chicago, IL, completed photographs and writing for a project entitled Pictures for Charis that serve as both a homage to Charis Wilson and Edward Weston, and as a backdrop to raise new questions and dialogues about the spousal relationships of photographers and models in the 21st century.
Amze Emmons, Philadelphia, PA, started a new body of print and drawing work investigating the idea of local cosmopolitanism in an age of global information. Specifically, a suite of wood block prints based on business signage, and new drawings based on vernacular design and street furniture. He also began the work of organizing an artist book/exhibition/exchange with artists from the U.S. and Slovenia.
Franklin Evans, New York, NY, developed new components for his painting installations. Alexander Studio, specifically the twenty-foot arch and the central work tables, served as a mold for forms for these installations.
Daniel Gerwin, Los Angeles, CA, completed a series of works on paper responding to the oval lozenge form found in Shiva Linga paintings, Richard Artschwager’s blps, and in faces or masks. These works will be the basis of a new group of paintings.
Maximilian Goldfarb, Hudson, NY, completed work on a book of image and text entitled, Remote Viewing: 500 Tableaux. The book examines human-machine interfaces, presenting human interactions with constructed worlds.
Rashawn Griffin, Olathe, KS, finished an installation for the exhibition In Scene at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland Oregon among other works.
Theresa Hackett, New York, NY, completed over thirty small and mid-size paintings. Selected works will be shown in a one-person show June of 2017, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg,NY.
Patrick Jacobs, Brooklyn, NY, created an entirely new body of work using mud, sticks, and rocks from the forest below Firth Studio. This series called, Les Fleurs du Mal, was executed in crude/primal fashion, references plant and animal forms, and was cast in bronze. He also abstracted landscapes using branches, ephemera, and found objects at the Colony that he cast in pink expansion foam.
Bill Jacobson, Brooklyn, NY, completed a series of photographs which addressed relationships between the body, the natural landscape, and the edge of the picture frame. These will be shown at Julie Saul Gallery in New York in 2017.
George Jenne, Chapel Hill, NC, shot a short film that incorporated the interior of New Hampshire studio and some of the “tombstones” that hold the names of past fellows for his video piece, Spooky Understands.
Tahir Karmali, Brooklyn, NY, explored adding a sculptural element to his work that tackles the complexities of borders created in East Africa and the nationalities within them. He usually uses papermaking as a method to describe his topic.
Siobhan Liddell, New York, NY, worked on sculptural paintings focused on themes of vulnerability and its opposite, power. The paintings are seen as skins that hang over or are propped up by other supports such as sticks, balls, string, and other found objects that appear in the landscape.
Joan Linder, Buffalo, NY, worked on a series of drawings about toxic and radioactive waste and water for an upcoming exhibition at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities. Her recent exhibition “Operation Sunshine,” was at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in late 2016.
Jeffry Mitchell, Seattle, WA, used colored pencil, graphite, and water color on oak tag paper, and cast plaster plaques with relief text and decorative borders and dingbats. The drawings on 24” x 36” sheets of paper were drawn on both sides, folded, and cut like paper snowflakes.
Eliza Myrie, Chicago, IL, completed sculptures and photographs that focus on a collaborative project with her father a retired brick mason. Her work will be shown at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA and Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago.
Tameka Norris, Inglewood, CA, completed more than a dozen large-scale paintings and sewing works on fabric that focus on family portraiture, exploration of family, strivings, and the gap that occurs when one leaves “home.”
Helen O’Leary, Brooklyn, NY, started a series of work about collapse and re-building, and imminent destruction, made from continual whittling and reworking.
Vesna Pavlovic, Nashville, TN, explored sculptural aspects of the archive of images from the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade, featuring former president Tito’s travels around the world after WWII. Her upcoming exhibition “Lost Art” will include work created during her residency.
Matt Phillips, Brooklyn, NY, completed paintings to be exhibited in various upcoming projects including solo exhibitions with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York and Studio d’Arte Raffaelli in Trento, Italy.
Mariah Robertson, Brooklyn, NY, made significant progress on an essay about gender and race to accompany a book of her photographs of male nudes. She also found clarity of vision about the new age band she has wanted to form for many years, Universe, whose debut live performance took place in July of 2016 in Brooklyn.
Peter Rostovsky, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a series of oil paintings and an accompanying e-book called Letter to a Traveler. In addition, he worked on his Minor Utopia/Major Dystopia series of drawings that extend his recent foray into graphic novels and comic book art.
Richard Rothman, Jackson Heights, NY, worked on printing and editing a book of large-format photographs that portray a small economically depressed town in southern Colorado and the surrounding area.
Fran Shalom, Jersey City, NJ, worked on paintings to be shown in a solo exhibition in February 2017 at the Kathryn Markel Gallery in New York City.
Heather Sheehan, Cologne, Germany, started her first novella that follows an artist’s experience of the spirits of places where she exhibits her work, and the stories she receives from them. In addition, she extended her European photographic series of self-portraits to include the location of her own ancestors’ homeland, New England.
Jim Shrosbree, Fairfield, IA, worked on a continuing series of small sculptures and larger drawings that build in theme by playing off of each other. His recent solo exhibition was at Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit, in the spring of 2016.
Molly Springfield, Washington D.C., worked on a series of graphite drawings based on photocopies of marginalia found in books in the District of Columbia Public Library. The drawings are an extension of her ongoing project, The Marginalia Archive.
Grace Troxell, Brooklyn, NY, investigated the construction and deconstruction of pleasure and play using a visual vocabulary from painting, sculpture, and textiles. She created a series of work and a modular installation that explores moments of transition as the material was caught between painting and sculpture.
Siebren Versteeg, Queens, NY, further developed algorithms that generate painterly abstraction. He also developed still lifes with computer vision, as well as completed a project for the U.M.M.A. in Ann Arbor Michigan.
Torkwase Wells-Dyson, Brooklyn, NY, completed a series of drawings influenced by geography, architecture and environment that was to be shown at Gallery MOMO in Cape Town in November, 2016.
Deborah Zlotsky, Delmar, NY, began a variety of new paintings and drawings that focus on the process of discovering proximities and interrelationships.
Sara Akant, Brooklyn, NY, started on a new manuscript that would be more real, raw, and personal. She wrote and compiled about 70 pages of verse and prose that included a mix of personal narrative, surrogate selves, and fictional characters that blend sci-fi, non-fiction, and bestiary.
Lesley Arimah, Saint Louis Park, MN, worked on a draft of a novel, The Children of Bones, a supernatural tale set in an alternate Nigeria, and edited a short story collection. The collection will appear in print in 2017.
Katie Arnold, Santa Fe, NM, is a contributing editor to Outside Magazine and completed the first draft of her memoir, Running Home.
Gaiutra Bahadur, Livingston, NJ, started work on a biography of Janet Rosenberg Jagan, who served as president of the small South American republic of Guyana, becoming the first American woman to serve as a head of state.
Susan Barba, Cambridge, completed a book of poetry titled Fair Sun, wrote a long poem titled “Micellae,” and began work on a new book.
Shane Bauer, Oakland, CA, worked on a forthcoming book on his experience working as a prison guard at Winn Correctional Center, a prison then operated by the Corrections Corporation of America. He also completed the article “Undercover With a Border Militia” for the November/December issue of Mother Jones magazine.
Lara Bazelon, San Francisco, CA, wrote several chapters of her nonfiction book, tentatively titled The Last Shackle: Harm, Healing and Redemption in Cases of Wrongful Conviction, which explores the power of restorative justice to heal broken people and repair a broken system. It will be published by Beacon Press in 2018.
April Bernard, Saratoga Springs, NY, worked on new poems for her sixth collection, began a long personal essay, and worked on poetry collages.
Anna Bikont, Warsaw, Poland, worked on a non-fiction book about Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who saved a large number of Jewish children in the time of the Holocaust.
Amy Bloom, Branford, CT, continued in the home stretch on her new novel, White Houses. The title was provided by another resident. She wrote every day and wrote hard.
Jonathan Blunk, Crompond, NY, completely revised his manuscript of the authorized biography of the American poet James Wright (1927-1980), and prepared to submit the book to his publisher. He also began new poems of his own.
Marianne Boruch, West Lafayette, IN, wrote several new poems and revised older ones and completed a full working draft of her next collection, which she continues to revise. She also worked intensely on a longer poem that brought together her experiences as an artist in residence in Rome and Denali National Park.
Kay Bosgraaf, Funkstown, MD, wrote 30 poems in her first week in residence and continued writing poems to be part of her second volume of poetry about her childhood, and in response to photographs and paintings by a variety of photographers and artists.
Laynie Browne, Wallingford, PA, nearly completed a few manuscripts including Amulet Sonnets. A selection from this this book will appear as a fine letterpress artist book for Propolis Press.
Daniel Castro, Metairie, LA, completed several chapters of his novel and began a piece of long-form journalism.
Essie Chambers, Brooklyn, NY, completed research and a draft of three-fourths of her first novel. The story is set in an impoverished New England mill town in the 1980’s, the book is centered around a multiracial family struggling with the disappearance of the father.
Jennifer Chang, Washington D.C., worked on a non-fiction book about epistolary poetics, migration, and the Opium War, and drafed poems toward a third book. She is the author of The History of Anonymity. Her second book of poems, Some Say the Lark, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2017.
Nate Chinen, Beacon, NY, worked on a critical and cultural study of jazz’s evolutionary transition from the late-20th century to the present.
Andrea Cohen, Watertown, MA, wrote new poems for her fifth collection, Unfathoming, which comes out in early 2017. Another collection, Nightshade, will follow.
Jennifer Croft, Tiffin, IA, completed her first novel, Homesick, and accompanying photographs and images. She translated excerpts from Polish author Olga Tokarczuk’s most recent novel The Books of Jacob for publication as well as the author’s upcoming readings in Europe. She finished a translation of Tokarczuk’s Fugitives for publication and completed the first draft of Argentinian author Romina Paula’s novel August.
Susanna Daniel, Madison, WI, completed a revision of her third novel, The Holocene Epoch (working title).
Annie DeWitt, Lake Hill, NY, completed her first novel, White Nights in Split Town City and began work on her second novel, Beneficio, about a colony in Granada, Spain.
Annie Diamond, Norwalk, CT, wrote 54 poems, many of them will appear in upcoming publications of hers. While in residency, she was approached by a friend from college, who is starting an independent press, and wants to publish a chapbook of hers.
Stephen Dunn, Frostburg, MD, completed a book of essays on poetics and cultural criticism, entitled Locations. A new collection of his poems called Whereas was to be published by W.W. Norton in February 2017.
Andrea Dupree, Thornton, CO, completed a revision of her first novel. She’s recently been awarded a distinguished story honor in Best American Short Stories, edited by T.C. Boyle.
Eric Ekstrand, Winston-Salem, NC, completed 12 new poems toward a second collection. The formal lyrics address emotional restraint, public-private intersections, marriage, and national dread.
Andrea Elliott, New York, NY, worked on a book of narrative nonfiction about child poverty in 21st Century America, as told through the story of an 11-year-old homeless girl in New York.
Liana Finck, Brooklyn, NY, finished a graphic novel she’s been working on for the past four years. It’s a cross between a memoir and a fairytale, called Light and Shadow.
Ellen Forney, Seattle, WA, completed the first draft of her graphic self-help book/memoir, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, the sequel to her 2012 graphic memoir that offers personal stories and coping tools for maintaining stability with a mood disorder.
Porter Fox, Brooklyn, NY, completed part II of his nonfiction book about travelling America’s northern border from east to west. The book is titled Northland and is slated to be released in fall 2017 by Norton.
Lauren Francis-Sharma, Kensington, MD, worked toward completing her second novel that will largely be set in Trinidad and the American West from 1796-1833.
Sally Franson, Minneapolis, MN, worked on her first novel, A Lady’s Guide to Literature (Random House, 2018), a comic romp through the intersecting worlds of media, art, and advertising. She is also doing research for a yet-untitled second novel about intellectual property in Silicon Valley.
Kit Frick, Brooklyn, NY, completed a revision on a novel, and continued revising another scheduled for publication in summer 2019. She also began drafting a new series of poems.
Henry Giardina, Los Angeles, CA, finished editing his novel, An Unhappy Life in the 20th Century. He also began a collection of short stories, and completed an epic poem, screenplay, and a novella entitled Legacy.
Genese Grill, Burlington, VT, wrote the last two essays for her book, Portals: Reflections on the Spirit in Matter, and began work on a novel.
Lauren Groff, Gainesville, FL, completed an early draft of a book about Guy de Maupassant. She also finished three short stories to be published in a short story collection by Riverhead.
Michael Gross, New York, NY, worked on the manuscript for his forthcoming book Stronger. The book explores a range of ways that people define and experience strength, and focuses on the relationship between physical strength and the qualities that are commonly named as inner strength.
Jennifer Grotz, Rochester, NY, drafted new poems toward her fourth collection of poetry and completed translations from the Polish of Jerzy Ficowski. She also began work on a book-length prose work that is part-memoir/part meditation on contemporary Polish poetry, centered in Krakow.
Louisa Hall, Brooklyn, NY, completed a draft of her third novel that focuses on the life of Robert Oppenheimer, as told from the perspective of eight fictional people who knew him. The novel explores our tenuous ways of knowing the world, from the uncertainties of quantum physics to the strategies we use to understand people.
Antonia Hayes, San Francisco, CA, worked on the manuscript of her second novel.
Rage Hezekiah, Watertown, MA, completed the manuscript for her first book of poems, Stray Harbor, and began work on new poems.
DaMaris Hill, Lexington, KY, completed her novel tentatively entitled Willows in the Spring. The novel is a bildungsroman about girls that are being rehabilitated at the Girls Industrial School of Kansas during the late 1930s. The novel’s form resembles pastiche (remix) and re-appropriates archival photos as narrative artifacts. In addition to writing fiction, Hill wrote a number of poems that examine resistance in the lives of women.
Sarah Holland-Batt, Kelvin Grove, Australia, completed a suite of poems that will constitute the core of her third book of poems, including new work commissioned by Poetry magazine
Tung-Hui Hu, Ann Arbor, MI, finished 20 new poems for a manuscript in progress about forest law.
Mary-Beth Hughes, Red Hook, NY, completed the opening of a new work of fiction.
Debra Jo Immergut, Northampton, MA, completed her first novel, Flyer, as well as began a second novel, with the working title of A+A.
Julie Iromuanya, Tuscon, AZ, worked on revisions for her second novel, A Season of Light, about an immigrant family’s efforts to rebuild, heal, and remember the Biafran War. She also drafted an article on African feminism for the Nordic Africa conference in Sweden.
Tania James, Washington D.C., made progress on a novel.
Gabriel Jesiolowski, Lopez Island, WA, completed a large portion of a new manuscript of prose poems and visual sequences.
Anu Jindal, Brooklyn, NY, continued work on his first novel.
Tayari Jones, Brooklyn, NY, completed her fourth novel, tentatively titled An American Marriage. It will be published by Algonquin Books in 2018.
Kathryn Joyce, Astoria, NY, worked on several long-form articles for publication. The articles were part of her ongoing investigative coverage of women’s and children’s health and rights as well as conservative religious culture.
Ilya Kaminsky, La Mesa, CA, completed the draft of a manuscript of poetry, called Deaf Republic.
Jaime Karnes, Dover, NH, completed a first draft of her novel tentatively titled, Little Warriors, which she began writing at MacDowell in 2011. Her novel, told from the collective point of view of 10 year-old children, is based on the Canadian genocide of mid-20th century Quebec, wherein tens of thousands of orphans were housed in insane asylums and treated as inmates.
Margaret Kimball, Shaker Heights, OH, worked on the manuscript for a graphic memoir she is writing and illustrating called, This Also Happened in My Absence, which focuses on her childhood and the meaning of home. Margaret spent her time at MacDowell revising each chapter and preparing to illustrate the book.
Colleen Kinder, Brooklyn, NY, is a travel writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, and others.
Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a nonfiction project about a complex federal criminal trial. While at MacDowell, his first work of fiction was published in the Summer 2016 issue of The Paris Review.
Kendra Langford Shaw, Billings, MT, worked on revising her first novel, The Pillager’s Guide to Arctic Pianos, a multi-generational story of the Bloomer family set in an alternate version of the Alaskan Arctic.
Katy Lederer, Brooklyn, NY, completed the first section of a lyric memoir set in Las Vegas. Additionally, she finished work on a proposal for a collection of journalistic pieces on apocalyptic themes.
Serena Lin, Brooklyn, NY, completed a draft of one part of a first novel. The work, currently titled, Jason in a Time of Giants, features themes of grief, migration, war, and the racial dynamics of suburbia, U.S.A.
Liana Liu, New York, NY, revised the final draft of her young adult novel, Shadow Girls, scheduled to be published in the summer of 2017.
Danny Lorberbaum, Brooklyn, NY, worked on short stories for his first collection.
T Kira Madden, New York, NY, completed the first drafts of a novel, Autobiography of Amity Schwarts, and a collection of essays, The Rat’s Mouth. The novel follows a young jockey, Amity Webster of Seven Devils, North Carolina, and her unrequited love affair with a woman named Ren Schwartz. The personal essays explore the early years of the writer, a Chinese LGBTQ student at a Jewish Prep school in Boca Raton, Florida.
Andrea Malin, Los Angeles, CA, worked on a revision of her forthcoming novel, Being Margaret, which reverberates with the history of 19th century literary and feminist pioneer Margaret Fuller, and centers on the existential struggles of a 21st century woman war photographer who leaves the war zone following a tragedy to work in reality TV.
Jane Roland Martin, Lexington, MA, completed her book, We Were the Lucky Ones: Remembering Progressive Education, and submitted it to her publisher, Indiana University Press.
Kate McQuade, Andover, MA, drafted and revised stories to be included in her collection-in-progress, The Translator’s Daughter.
Jane Mead, Hills, IA, made final and substantial revisions to her book World of Made and Unmade. She also wrote a new series of lyric poems.
Edie Meidav, Amherst, MA, completed a draft of her novel, Dogs of Cuba, as well as a draft of a play, Studies in America. She also started a new novel, and wrote within a daily
and ongoing poetic form. Her short fiction with a nonfiction coda will be published in Kingdom of the Young, in April 2017.
Erika Meitner, Blacksburg, VA, completed her fifth manuscript, HolyMoleyLand, wrote new poems for a sixth book, and started a set of autobiographical lyric essays on race and adoption.
Wadzanai Mhute, Brooklyn, NY, revised and edited her debut novel and will submit the completed manuscript to agents.
Thomas Mira y Lopez, Athens, OH, worked on a current book project entitled, Monument Valley: A Book of Resting Places, and began research for a new nonfiction project.
Elizabeth Moore, Cambridge, MA, completed the scene development for her third novel, focusing on increasing tensions and the hidden psychology behind each character’s actions.
Honor Moore, New York, NY, continued work on a memoir of her mother, the third of her family books, and came close to completing a new collection of poems.
Angela Morales, Pasadena, CA, worked on several essays for a new collection. The linked series of essays focuses on youth and travel, specifically from a female perspective. Morales is exploring the ways in which girls “hit the road” and how the experience of solitary travel for women, particularly younger women, has not been widely encouraged or understood.
Ottessa Moshfegh, Stoughton, MA, worked on a new novel and collaborated on a screenplay with Daniel Saldana Paris.
Neel Mukherjee, London, United Kingdom, wrote nearly a quarter of his new novel, A State of Freedom. The book is scheduled for publication in late summer of 2017.
Danica Novgorodoff, Brooklyn, NY, completed a first draft of her new book, Volcanology, a blend of nonfiction, memoir, and drawings.
Jennifer Offill, Red Hook, NY, worked on her third novel while in residency. Her second novel, Dept. of Speculation, was a finalist for the PEN-Faulkner and the Folio Awards.
Michael Okpanachi, Kaduna, Nigeria, worked on a collection of short stories entitled, I am Sitting Here Looking at a Graveyard.
Finbarr O’Reilly, Dublin, Ireland, continued revisions on the manuscript of a nonfiction book, Shooting Ghosts, to be published by Viking/Penguin/Random House in 2017. The book is the story of an unlikely friendship between a combat photographer (O’Reilly) and a U.S. Marine forged in combat, and how it helped these two men begin to heal their psychological scars from war.
Jena Osman, Philadelphia, PA, completed a draft of a poetry manuscript titled, Motion Studies.
ZZ Packer, Lexington, MA, worked on a novel about Reconstruction and the Buffalo Soldiers. She is the author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere and was most recently selected for 100 Years of Best American Short Stories.
Nell Painter, Newark, NJ, completed her memoir, Old in Art School, which she had previously worked on at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.
Raj Parameswaran, Brooklyn, NY, worked towards completion of a novel. The short-story collection he worked on previously at MacDowell, I Am an Executioner: Love Stories, was published by Knopf in 2012.
Mary Annette Pember, Cincinnati, OH, completed a book proposal titled, Blood Medicine, a memoir/investigative journalism book about her mother’s Indian boarding school experience and the resulting historical and epigenetic trauma that is passed down to generations of Native peoples today. She also wrote a short story, The Foreign Dog, about her months living in Nepal and created a beaded asemaa (tobacco) bag for her son Maangosit who will be going through an important Ojibwe ceremony this summer.
Dominica Phetteplace, Berkeley, CA, worked on her novel, Project Empathy. Early chapters from this novel were published in Asimov’s.
Martin Philip, White River Junction, VT, completed a large section of technical writing and sketching to be included in an untitled photo and sketching work of creative non-fiction, which places 75 bread and pastry recipes on a narrative arc, chronicling baking as an act of love and homeward journeys.
Jayne Anne Phillips, Jamaica Plain, MA, worked on a new novel. Her 2013 novel, Quiet Dell, was a WSJ and Kirkus Reviews “Best Fiction of 2013” pick. Lark And Termite, her 2008 novel, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2009.
Alison Pick, Toronto, Canada, completed the final revisions of a novel to be published by Knopf Canada in 2017.
Boomer Pinches, Northampton, MA, worked on his first novel and a collection of stories. His stories and poems have appeared in Tin House, Narrative, The Sun, and other publications.
John Pipkin, Austin, TX, began work on a new historical novel, tentatively titled, The Bicycle Notebooks, which is loosely based on the little-known fact that in 1942, in the middle of World War II, the Nazis staged a fake Tour de France. He finished a detailed outline of the five interwoven plots of the novel and completed the rough drafts of two of these narrative strands.
Elizabeth Poliner, Roanoke, VA, began writing her second novel, tentatively titled, Edges, focusing on a second generation Holocaust survivor’s inheritance of trauma.
Tom Quach, Santa Ana, CA, worked on a novel which focuses on themes of Asian American identity. He also worked on a screenplay dealing with corporal punishment and religion.
Jamie Quatro, Lookout Mountain, GA, worked on her novel, Two-Step Devil (forthcoming from Grove Press). Her debut collection, I Want to Show You More, a New York Times Notable Book and NPR Best Book of 2013, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
Jenni Quilter, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a collection of essays about bodybuilding, Norway, piracy, Angela Carter, Nancy Myers, and Lon Chaney (among other things).
Lawrence Raab, Williamstown, MA, worked primarily on poems for a tenth collection, as well as a few for his ninth collection, The Life Beside this One, forthcoming from Tupelo in 2017. His most recent book, Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts (Tupelo 2015) was long-listed for the National Book Award, and named one of the ten best poetry books of the year by The New York Times.
Walter Robinson, Boston, MA, completed three essays on medicine for a forthcoming collection. Previous work from the collection has appeared in The Sun, Harvard Review, and The Literary Review.
Daniel Saldaña París, Mexico City, Mexico, worked on his second novel and finished a personal essay on his hometown, Cuernavaca, and Malcolm Lowry.
Robin Schaer, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a series of poems that explore wreckage, on both interstellar and intimate scales, from the collapse of stars to natural disasters and human conflicts. She focused on the role of iron in planetary cores and human blood, and the element’s uses in tools, weapons, shipbuilding, machinery, and cars.
Eliot Schrefer, New York, NY, wrote more than half of the first draft of a manuscript for his latest novel. It is the last in a quartet of young adult novels about connections between humans and apes.
Mattathias Schwartz, Brooklyn, NY, drafted two new short fictional stories, worked through edits on two nonfiction feature stories, and began preliminary reporting for a magazine profile of John O. Brennan, the director of the CIA.
Ronnie Scott, Collingwood, Australia, completed a draft of his first novel, The Adversary, which he had been attempting to finish for three years.
Aurvi Sharma, New York, NY, worked on her book about North India’s dying rivers and water crisis.
Dash Shaw, Richmond, VA, continued work on his graphic novel, Discipline, about a Quaker soldier during the American Civil War.
Emily Shelton, Cambridge, MA, worked on her second novel, Layla.
Parini Shroff, Los Altos, CA, revised and edited her manuscript, Much is Taken, Much Abides, a series of interlinked narratives that center around the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. She also began researching, outlining and drafting her third manuscript of a novel that follows the many reincarnations of a devadasi in India who attempts to cycle out of her “lower caste” birth.
Alix Shulman, New York, NY, made strides on her novel, The Visionaries, almost completing a full first draft.
Alison Smith, Brooklyn, completed a memoir titled, How Shall We Account for This. The memoir focuses on themes of mental illness and society’s perceptions of illness and health.
Rachel Smith, Oakland, CA, completed revisions of two stories to be sent out for publication and included in her first book, a story collection tentatively titled, Maybe Love is Something Different.
Corey Michael Smithson, Kansas City, MO, continued work on his third novel, The Brother of Maggie Brood, edited his second collection of poetry, Sketches of Fear and Enchantment, and completed the first draft of an essay collection, Relished Vices. He also started recording a musical score for an ongoing video project.
Monica Sok, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a manuscript of poems entitled, A Nail the Evening Hangs On. Her poetry deals with the history of Cambodia’s killing fields, familial silence, and intergenerational trauma.
Jessica Stern, Cambridge, MA, began writing a book she is still researching on Radovan Karadzic, who was president of the Serbian part of Bosnia and Herzegovina but also a poet, psychiatrist, and energy healer. Karadzic was recently convicted of genocide.
Caroline Stewart, Northampton, MA, worked on several short stories to be included in her first book, a collection of fiction. She also completed a short story that will be published on a deck of ornithology flash cards by Mount Analogue press.
Kathryn Stockett, Atlanta, GA, worked on her second novel. The story takes place during The Great Depression in Oxford, Mississippi. She is the author of the novel The Help.
Mark Sundeen, Fort Collins, CO, began a novel, researched a proposal for a new nonfiction book, and made the final edits on a book, The Unsettlers, to be published by Riverhead in January, 2017.
Annam Suresh Kolkata, West Bengal, India, transcribed and organized vast amount of data regarding transgender persons.
Mika Tanner, Eugene, OR, revised her novel-in-progress, In the Flow of the Stars. It is a book set in post-war Japan during the years of the American Occupation, and focuses on themes of guilt, memory, and survival.
Brian Teare, Philadelphia, worked on poems to be included in his sixth book, a meditation on bioregions, toxicity, embodiment, and everyday life.
Ly Tran, Ridgewood, NY, worked on her first book, House of Sticks, a memoir to be published by Scribner/Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 2017. Her memoir is a triumphant account of perseverance and the American dream, working first as a child sweatshop laborer, then as a nail salon technician in her adolescent years on the mean streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn. She went on to attend Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude in the spring of 2014.
Tony Tulathimutte, Brooklyn, NY, worked on a hybrid-genre book about romantic rejection.
Laura van den Berg, Cambridge, MA, worked on a novel, which is tentatively titled, Havana.
Shaun Walker, Moscow, Russia, worked on the manuscript for his book, The Long Hangover: Putin’s Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, to be published in 2017. The book is an explanation of the role of historical memory in recent events in Russia and Ukraine.
Daniel Wallace, Chapel Hill, NC, began his first work of personal narrative, about family, secrets and story-telling. He also finished his novel, Extraordinary Adventures.
LaToya Watkins, Rowlett, TX, completed the initial draft of her novel, Like Animals, which was submitted to her agent before her departure.
Julia Wertz, Napa, CA, worked on two graphic novels, the first is a book about unusual New York City history, and “then and now” illustrated cityscapes. Hachette will release the book in fall 2017. The second book is a memoir about her struggles with substance abuse during her early years of living in NYC. Koyama Press will release the book in 2018.
Lawrence Weschler, Pelham, NY, managed to complete a major part of his memoir of his years being Boswell to Oliver Sacks’s Johnson during the early eighties. He ompleted a 100-page introduction, a 100-page afterword, and a good two thirds of the intervening material. He now expects to be able to finish the book by the end of the year. He also communed with the memory of his grandfather, the composer Ernst Toch, who was similarly blithed by his five residencies here during the 1950s.
Jill Widner, Yakima, WA, restructured her novel into five discrete sections in an effort to emphasize the increasing tension between the expatriate and indigenous populations in Sumatra, Indonesia, before, during, and following the Sukarno coup in the 1960s. Besides shifting the perspective to past tense, she worked on sharpening the arc of the central character’s relationships.
Thomas Williams, Paris, France, worked on his second book of nonfiction, a reckoning with how we define race in America that expands on the essay, Black and Blue and Blond.
Keith Wilson, Chicago, IL, worked extensively on two separate collections of poetry, one focused on social justice and identity politics and the other concerned with the topic of love using the language of physics and science fiction. These poems were arranged in a manuscript that will mark Keith’s first full collection of poetry.
Kevin Winkler, New York, NY, completed two chapters for his book, Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical. He also prepared a talk for an event in New York City sponsored by the Verdon/Fosse Legacy foundation.
Emily Witt, Marietta, GA, completed final revisions on her first nonfiction book, Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love, which will be published in October 2016 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Howard Wolf, Amherst, NY, worked on a preface to his collection of short stories, and an Afterword, Reflections on a Writer’s Life: 1975-2016. He also revised some of the stories.
James Yu, Beaverton, OR, completed several chapters of his novel and finished drafts of a personal essay and a play.
Javier Zamora, Brooklyn, NY, completed his first poetry collection, Unaccompanied, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in Fall 2017.